Reduce asthma associated morbidity and mortality and improve the quality of life for Connecticut residents living with asthma.
Asthma is a chronic disease of the respiratory system that is characterized by reversible obstruction of the airways and airway hyper-responsiveness to a variety of stimuli.
The following population subgroups have been identified as priority for asthma intervention in Connecticut: 1) children, 2) adult women, 3) elderly, 4) Hispanics, 5) non-Hispanic blacks, 6) residents of low socioeconomic status, and 7) residents of urban areas.
- The prevalence of CT adults reporting current asthma increased from 7.8% in 2000 to 9.2% in 2010.
Asthma is the single most avoidable cause of hospitalization, yet it is consistently one of the most common admitting diagnoses in pediatrics.
In 2009, Connecticut spent over $112 million for acute care due to asthma as a primary diagnosis.
Also in 2009, $80.3 million spent on hospitalization charges and $32.6 million on emergency department (ED) visit charges.
Connecticut's Five Largest Cities:
Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, Stamford, and Waterbury
Residents account for 41 % ($46 million) of the $112 million cost of asthma acute care costs in 2009.
Of the $112 million, $78 million (69%) were paid for by public funds (Medicaid or Medicare). In Connecticut’s five largest cities, 79% ($36 million) of asthma hospitalizations and ED visits were paid by public funds.
In contrast, public funds paid for 63% ($42 million) of asthma hospitalizations and ED visits of residents from the rest of the state.
Programs - Putting on Airs & Easy Breathing
Asthma Action Plans
How to Become a Certified Asthma Educator
Asthma Educators Institute Workshop
Asthma Basics Coaches Corner
Patient Education Surveillance
The Asthma Program can be reached at: 860-509-8251
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